Rhonda Kuhlman, wizardess of recycled finery and indie-arts booster nonpareil, has a short write-up in our main Día de los Muertos article, here
But in soliciting quotes from her friends, I got some lovely ones that, unfortunately, we didn't have time or space for, but that I'd like to be out where folks can read them.
Rhonda has been an inspiration to Noah and I and we will never forget her contagious laugh, her generous nature, and exuberant energy. She and Chris are very special to us and we feel so lucky to have been in their lives for so long. We know what a great sister, aunt and daughter she was to her whole family and what a wonderful friend she was to so many around the world. We will miss her enormously.
Trish & Noah Sternthal
And from somebody who'd like to remain anonymous, there's this gorgeous memory:
Her laugh-it was never something she did, but something that happened to her. A spontaneous eruption of happiness and life, so memorable and distinct, that I am certain her friends, upon reading this, will hear it echoing through their hearts.
As for me, I met Rhonda when she was new to SA, having moved here with her husband Chris from Austin in the mid-nineties. She was waiting tables part-time at what was then Wong's Art Bar, at 1203 Commerce, and I was working as the assistant to the building's owner/proprietor, Jefferson Erck. I used to go down to the cafe and eat lunch with her and chat, and she was about the coolest woman imaginable. Beautiful, sharp, smart, funny, encouraging, take-no-shit, but extremely warm and approachable. I'll never forget her.
Please, if you have memories to share about her, or about any of the people we profiled in our main article, we'd love to read them as reader comments, either there or to this blog post.
Happy Día de los Muertos time, y'all. I hope you're celebrating your loved ones, and I'm sorry for all our losses.